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savage

adjective uk   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us  
extremely violent, wild, or frightening: a savage dog/beast a brutal and savage attack very serious or cruel: savage criticism very large and severe: savage cuts in education spending

savage

verb [T] uk   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ us  
If an animal savages someone, it attacks them violently and causes serious injuries: The child was savaged by a dog.

savage

noun [C] uk   /ˈsæv.ɪdʒ/ offensive us  
a person whose way of life is at a very early stage of development: Twelve thousand years ago, our ancestors were primitive savages living in caves.
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